1. The first shopping mall to sell clothes was built in ancient Rome.
2. The first shopping mall to sell clothes was built in ancient Rome.
Pink for girls and blue for boys is a relatively new phenomenon: A 1918 catalog advised blue for girls because it was a “much more delicate and dainty tone” and pink for boys because “it’s a stronger and more passionate color, and because it’s actually derived from red.”
3. Victorian women would often wrap themselves in wet muslin so that their dresses would fit as snugly as possible. The downside? They’d often get sick and sometimes die. Doctors at the time blame the practice for an outbreak of influenza in Paris.
4.The most expensive pair of shoes are the ruby slippers designed by Harry Winston, inspired by the ones Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz. They cost a cool $3 million.
5. Speaking of those red slippers, someone actually stole the originals from a museum in Minnesota in 2005. Not cool.
6. The first fashion magazine was published in 1678, in France (of course). It was called Le Mercure Galant and aimed at male readers. A female fashion mag followed 16 years later.